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UPDATE: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law

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UPDATE: MADISON (WKOW)-- A federal judge in Milwaukee struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

The law would have required state-issued photo IDs at the polls. Judge Lynn Adelman ruled the violated the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.

It’s a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, who challenged the law.

“We're very pleased, obviously, that the judge recognized that the voter ID law is a solution in search of a problem, and that it imposes unnecessary problem and burdens and jsut a bunch of hurdles for low income and minority voters to jump through,” said Larry Dupuis, Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin.

In his ruling Judge Lynn Adelman says in-person voter impersonation, the type of fraud the law would “prevent more legitimate votes from begin cast than fraudulent ones.”

Still supporters of the law say some kind of voter ID needs to be in place. In a statement, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said, “While I disagree with the decision, I am not surprised as we knew it was a possibility.  That’s why this session Assembly Republicans approved another version of Voter ID that we believe will withstand any court challenge.”

The senate never took up that measure, but Governor Scott Walker said in the past he would call a special legislative session if the law was struck down by the court. Though he has yet to call such a session.

Meanwhile Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen plans to fight the ruling.

“I am disappointed with the order and continue to believe Wisconsin’s law is constitutional,” Van Hollen said. “We will appeal.”

But other groups, like the League of Women Voters who challenged the law in state court, say the ruling is a victory for the electorate.

Andrea Kaminski, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of WI

“It has a differential effect on different kinds of voters,” said Andrea Kaminski, executive director for the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. “There are certain groups of people, qualified citizens, who are less likely to have the kind of ID that this law required and so you have discrimination there in voting blocks.”

Despite not taking up the Assembly's alternate version of the voter ID law, Tuesday, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Senate Republicans remain committed to passing voter ID legislation.

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law Tuesday, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.

Wisconsin's law would have required voters to show a state-issued photo ID at the polls. Supporters said it would cut down on voter fraud and boost public confidence in the integrity of the election process.

But Adelman sided with opponents, ruling the law disproportionately excluded poor and minority voters because they're less likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them.

Wisconsin's law was only in effect for a 2012 primary before a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional.

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